Doing a gig while in High School

A native of Endicott, NY, Peggy started playing drums at age 10 with the school band. She continued throughout middle and high school, performing with the concert and jazz bands as well as with the ‘Tiger’s Pride’ marching band.


Although wishing to be a professional musician, Peggy decided she’d rather not be a starving one. She opted to major in engineering at a college that also had a good music program, eventually choosing the co-op engineering program at Fredonia State College. In addition to her tech studies, Peggy was able to play with the school jazz and concert bands as well as do demos for the Recording program. When home during the summer, she played with local concert and big bands.

After finishing the Fredonia part of the co-op program, Peggy then attended the University of Buffalo as an electrical engineering major and played in the school jazz band. After graduating, with day job in hand, Peggy continued to hone her avocation by gigging in wedding bands, jazz combos, and concert bands. She was also the recording engineer/tech director for a weekly live music program at local NPR station WBFO.


After noticing her playing, local sax legend Dave Schiavone asked Peggy to join a new quartet he was forming with pianist Joe Brancato, another local music icon. The group gelled together quickly, and soon the Dave Schiavone/Joe Brancato Quartet became a sought-after staple at local clubs. Doing this for a few years motivated the quartet to do an actual recording. Their resultling freshman effort, "Hidden Treasures", sold extremely well locally and garnered both national and international radio airplay.

In addition to the Dave Schiavone Quartet, Peggy works with many other groups, including Ladies First Big Band/Combo, Queen City Swing, and the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas. She also does studio work, has an active teaching practice. In between gigs, Peggy spends her free time with husband Dave and son Alex.

Contact Info:

(716) 2456-PEG


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  • Rentals
  • Educational media
  • School percussion equipment analysis & program development
  • Gigging gear
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